National Drug Take Back Day: Get rid of unused prescription drugs

US attorney promoting Drug Take Back Day

During the October 2017 effort, MSP posts collected roughly 802 pounds of prescription drugs.

Saturday, April 28, has been designated National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, according to the press release.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day gives individuals and communities the opportunity to help prevent pill abuse and theft by removing potentially risky, expired, unused, or unwanted prescriptions drugs from homes across the nation.

Last fall's Take-Back day collected a record-setting 912,305 pounds of prescription drugs at more than 5,231 collection sites. There are no rules on whether or not the pills have to be in their prescription bottles.

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On Saturday, Arlington police officers spoke with residents at the Langston-Brown Community Center as they dropped off bags. The only items you can't drop off are liquids, needles and sharps. "Take Back Day is an effective tool for addressing the opioid crisis in America", he added. "Our goal is to take as many of those off the street as we can", Barnes said. "More than 1,400 Virginians died in 2017 due to fatal drug overdoses-a number far exceeding auto crashes and gun deaths".

"Longer term, we're working with the DEA and state governments like Iowa, Arizona, Massachusetts, and MI to gather data on year-round take back options for future Google Maps integration", added Mollinari. This program allows for the safe disposal of prescription drugs, and it's completely anonymous, "We don't ask names".

"Just having these unused pills in your medicine cabinet is an invitation to abuse", Schneiderman said.

"I definitely believe that word is getting out that returning old and used medication is not only a concept, but a present reality that people can participate in very easily", Bonny said.

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